Three colleges affiliated with the United Methodist Church were put on a bimonthly Sierra Club publication's list of the greenest universities in the United States.
Of 96 listed on Sierra Magazine's Sixth Annual "Cool Schools" list, Allegheny College placed 55th, Green Mountain College was 11th, and Duke University was 7th.
Jane Ellen Nickell, college chaplain at Allegheny, told The Christian Post that she was "proud" that the college was "recognized for its commitment to sustainability initiatives." more >>
A Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has approved a pro-gay resolution denouncing the denomination's Book of Discipline's opposition to homosexuality.
Meeting in Charleston, W.V., nearly two-thirds of the 227 delegates at the Northeastern Jurisdiction of United Methodism approved the resolution on Thursday.
"…while bound to the Book of Discipline, [Jurisdiction leaders] are also bound to exercise their consciences and are bound by Jesus's commandment to stand with the marginalized and the oppressed in our midst when called upon to enforce unjust laws, policies and procedures to the detriment of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals wishing to participate fully in the life of The United Methodist Church," reads the resolution. more >>
A month after the general assembly of the United Methodist Church struck down a proposed amendment to church doctrine that would have loosened the affirmation of traditional marriage, hundreds of Iowa Methodists have signed a petition openly challenging its decision.
The pro-gay organization leading the petition, "Do No Harm Iowa," has reportedly gathered 500 signatures, including those from 70 pastors, that oppose the Methodist decision earlier this month to affirm the Book of Discipline's ruling that states: "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching."
"There are so many pieces of Scripture we no longer abide by because we have a different context," said the Rev. Diane McClanahan of Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines, a spokesperson for Do No Harm Iowa, as reported by the Des Moines Register. more >>
A Wilmington Church sign calling for the defense of traditional marriage in North Carolina that was stationed in front of a polling location is causing controversy among some, who are saying it influenced and swayed voters on North Carolina's marriage amendment.
The amendment in question, which passed by a majority citizen vote of 61 percent earlier this week, clarified that the bounds of legalized traditional marriage are between one man and one woman, making NC the 30th state in the country to include a prohibition on gay marriage in the state constitution.
The sign placed outside Devon Park United Methodist Church in Wilmington, or precinct W28, petitioned that exact argument. "A true marriage is male and female and God," the sign reads right above a "Vote Here" sign that showed people where to go to fill in their ballots. more >>
A gay rights group staged a protest at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church Thursday after it failed to pass an amendment that would have changed the denomination's language regarding homosexuality.
Dozens of members of the Common Witness Coalition, a Methodist organization comprised of multiple gay rights groups, gathered at the plenary floor yesterday morning and refused to leave until the Thursday afternoon session began.
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy and an attendee of the General Conference, told The Christian Post that the protesters' demonstration was an "expression of pain and frustration and a bid for attention by an activist minority." more >>
Delegates of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church have voted down two proposals that would divest the denomination's funds from companies that did business in Israel.
The measures, which were defeated on Wednesday at the Tampa-based conference, were preceded by emotional lobbying by both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and an attendee of the conference, told The Christian Post that the divestment "would encourage further conflict rather than peace." more >>